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We live in a society where convenience and apparent safety issues justify individual restraint or confinement of people who are already living in a closed environment – prisons, forensic services, aged care and disability residential facilities.  This panel discussion will consider the application of human rights in these settings as they relate to the institutionalisation of care, the physical environment and administrative practices.   It will explore the impact of restrictive practices on individuals and what alternatives exist.  Karen Williams of ADA Australia will chair this event featuring the views of human rights experts and those from both sides of the lived experience of restrictive practices.
 
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Professor Tamara Walsh Professor Tamara Walsh is based at the School of Law, University of Queensland, where her research focuses on the impact of the law on vulnerable people. Together with Prisoners Legal Service, Tamara this year released a report on legal responses to solitary confinement in Queensland.  

Marlene Eggert   Marlene is a registered nurse and worked as a clinician for 30 years in tertiary care and the community setting. She is currently Senior Policy Advisor for Leading Age Services Australia, the national association for all providers of age services across residential care, home care and retirement living/seniors housing.  

Mark Viney Mark Viney witnessed concerning effects of medication while his father David was in aged care. Mark will share his experience of the impact of medication upon his father and what it was like for him to negotiate for change.
   
Mary Burgess   Mary Burgess is the Public Advocate for Queensland. As Public Advocate, Mary has championed various systemic issues in the disability, ageing, health, guardianship and mental health sectors. She has been outspoken about the unlawful use of restrictive practices in residential aged care.
When: Thursday December 3rd, 5:30 – 6:30pm This is an online event delivered via Zoom.

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Cost: Free


 

      This event is proudly presented by Caxton Legal Centre and the University of Queensland Law School.

The Justice in Focus Series is a collaboration between Caxton Legal Centre Inc., the University of Queensland Law School, Queensland University of Technology Law School and Griffith University Law School. Established in 2013, the Justice in Focus Series brings together a panel of experts to discuss topical legal and socio-legal issues.

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This panel discussion is produced by Caxton Legal Centre and is intended to provide a general conversation about the law. The views expressed in the discussion are those of individual participants and not the views of Caxton Legal Centre.   